I’m Back with Big Changes.

To begin, I want to say a big I’M SORRY for not posting in so many days! I ended a college semester, went on vacation, had Christmas, and started a new job. To say the least, I was very overwhelmed.

Not only was I overwhelmed because of my insanely busy schedule, but because I have made some recent changes lately. Huge changes. Changes I’m not sure how I feel about and almost wanted to quit my blog. Where do I begin…?

Being vegetarian was something very special to me. I have a strong heart for our Earth and for animals. And I also am passionate about health. I felt as if I had done so much research convincing myself a vegetarian diet was the most beneficial diet in the world. I took vitamins, ate healthy, and also believed articles that said your body doesn’t need that much protein. The truth is, I really wanted to believe this stuff because I didn’t want to eat meat. I just didn’t want to.

After feeling very fatigued and moody for a few weeks, or months, I talked to my (amazingly supportive!) boyfriend about it and said I felt very malnourished. I felt weak, hungry, and tired. I had been working out constantly for months and not gaining any muscle. I was gaining weight. I was constantly bloated. I was always exhausted, and filling myself with caffeine. I was not healthy.

Long story short, I made the decision to eat salmon and see how I felt and how my body reacted. It was weird at first! But after a few days of incorporating healthy seafoods/lean meats into a few meals, I felt better. Like a new person. I had my energy back, my good moods back… I finally felt healthy!

Your body needs essential vitamins and proteins that are found in (healthy) animal based foods. Vitamin B, for example. Vitamin B12 is important for energy and metabolism. This could explain the fatigue and the weight gaining.

I also ate “enough” protein, but eating so much soy (which is in tofu and most faux meats) is not good for you. And I was eating a ton of it.

I was so scared about my blog. I never wanted to disappoint anyone or seem like a failure. My health is more important than anything else and I did what I believed was best for my body and myself. Although vegetarian or vegan diets might work wonders for some people, it might not be the best option for others. Pay attention to your body and how you feel, and remember your health is more important than anything.

Although I know this blog was found on my strong vegetarian lifestyle, it is taking a shift and I hope you all stick with me. :)

I plan on sticking to healthy, natural meats as often as I can and a hopefully healthy(er) lifestyle! I want my blog to include original recipes, recipes I’ve tried from other blogs/websites, and even more personal stuff. I got to the point where my blog felt like “work” instead of fun, and I want to focus on my blog being fun!

I hope y’all continue to follow me on this brand new journey and enjoy my blog! I love blogging and I’m definitely going to keep the Green Cuisine Queen going! Thank you so much for all of your support!

See y’all soon :)

 

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My Recent Eats.

I need a new name for these posts. I’m always just saying “my recent eats of the week”. How boring?! If y’all have any suggestions, I’ll gladly accept.

Anyways, this weekend I have not cooked. A single thing. Well, besides a veggie burger.

I have just been in a post-final coma and did not feel like cooking! I also am going out of town tomorrow and didn’t want to buy groceries for fear they would go bad anyways. So the bad news is, no recipes! But I still will keep y’all updated on what I eat over vacation. We’re going to Charleston, South Carolina! One of my favorite places. I can’t wait.

This is a veggie sub my boyfriend brought me from his work. On wheat bread, with mustard, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, cheese, pickles…I think that’s it. Veggie subs are obviously a staple in my diet!

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For breakfast one morning I just had half of a bagel and a banana. I’ve been mindful of the amount of sugar and carbs I’ve been eating lately so I only ate half of a bagel with a little bit of peanut butter. I’m also trying to eat less margarine. (this bagel was one of my only breakfast options)

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Chiptole burrito bowls! The usual except I asked for a little bit of sour cream. They always put on wayyy too much.

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One night we had Chick-fil-a. I got a side salad with Honey Sesame dressing. This dressing is only 170 calories for the whole packet and I used half. I also ordered a small fruit cup and dumped it into my salad! Yum. I did order a side of fries…I can’t go to CFA without waffle fries. I just can’t.

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Need I say anything? Sunday Thai market.

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And Taco Bell! This is the Veggie Cantina bowl again with a side of fiesta potatoes. So. Much. Food!

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While visiting Taco Bell, I was super impressed. The bathrooms were spotless, the service is quick, the staff is super friendly, and the food seemed fresh and well made. I’ve never been a huge fan of Taco Bell, but lately they have been my favorite cheap, fast food restaurant. I love it!

 

Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram for SC updates! And I will be back with some recipes next week when I get home. :)

 

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Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie

A few years ago, I discovered an amazing pumpkin pie recipe on the Food Network. I have made this pie every holiday for the past 2 or 3 years. I will admit, it is messy and a little stressful, but so so worth it.

Even people in my family who don’t like pumpkin pie love this pie! It is a little cheesecake-y. And it is not healthy by any means. I love this pie because it is so unique. I don’t even remember what regular pumpkin pie tastes like, nor do I care. I made this pie for Thanksgiving and am sharing the recipe with you all for Christmas!

So, if you want to check out the original recipe, head over to Food Network. I make a few changes to the recipe. The recipe makes too much filling and not enough crust. I add more graham crackers but I keep the filling the same. Also, I adjusted the oven temperature. The recipe says to bake it at 350 degrees. After reading many reviews and finding out for myself, I realized it takes way longer than 35 minutes, but if you keep it in there for an hour at 350 degrees, the crust gets burnt. So I adjusted the temp as shown below.

Another problem is with the cream cheese. If you do not let the cream cheese either become room temperature or stick it in the microwave, it will not mix properly and you will end up with little chunks of cream cheese in your pie!

As for the crust, I prefer cinnamon graham crackers. You can use plain honey, but add cinnamon if you want the extra flavor! I prefer it.

I recommend making this pie the day before, and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, allow it to become room temperature or heat it up a little in the oven before serving!

With all of that being said, let’s get on with the recipe. 😉

Hazelnut Pumpkin Pie

  • half of a box (about 2 packages) of graham crackers
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • 3 tbsp hazelnut coffee creamer (liquid)
  • 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick)
  • 8 0z package of cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup of light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 15 oz can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp salt

1. In a large bowl (I used my Kitchen aid mixer) combine, in order, cream cheese, brown sugar, eggs, and pumpkin.

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2. In a small separate bowl combine heavy cream, 2 tablespoons of the hazelnut coffee creamer, salt, and allspice. Mix together.

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3. Add heavy cream mixture to the pumpkin mixture. Blend, blend, blend!

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4. Now for the crust! Crush graham crackers. I used a chopper that did it in about 20 seconds. It is possible to do it with your hands, just put the crackers into a plastic bag and break them up into tiny, tiny pieces. Add butter and 1 tablespoon of the hazelnut creamer to the graham crackers and mix. You’ll have a thick, crumbly crust. Press the crust into a greased pie pan, including the sides.

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5. Pour the filling into the crust and bake at 300 degrees F for about an hour, or until the center of the pie has set.

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Eats of the Week

So I have to go ahead and apologize for the fact that I did not take pictures of my Thanksgiving meals! I am so disappointed. I didn’t have my phone with me and completely forgot!

I also had finals this week, so eating in general was hard to find time for! But I made it through. And this is going to be a super short post on what I ate this past week or so!

One night for dinner I had leftover chili on top of some steamed rice.

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I went to Chili’s one day. I know it seems like there would be nothing for me to eat at chili’s, there still is! Their black bean burger is so good. I usually get a salad and replace the chicken with the black bean burger. This was the Santa Fe “chicken” salad but with no chicken (obviously) 😉

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This was a leftover Thanksgiving meal.

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On one of our late night homework binges, my boyfriend and I threw together a quick dinner with Butternut Squash soup by Campbell’s, and some toasted bread. And coffee :)

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At a Japanese hibachi grill, I just order vegetables, rice, and noodles. They give you so many vegetables!

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I am going out of town next week but I will try to post a few more times before I leave :) Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter to stay updated! –> links are on the right sidebar

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